Thread by pillut48.
In the end the young father could fight no longer.
For more than a year he had made daily visits to the hospital bedside of his chronically-disabled son.
For six emotional days in the High Court he had battled against the hospital - and the baby's mother - who were reluctantly seeking the right to withdraw life support.
Finally, faced with overwhelming evidence, he made the 'agonising' decision to let his beloved son go.
Both parents wept as the court was told he no longer opposed the hospital's application.
They said later they wanted to spend 'what little time remains with their beloved son'.
The father's heart-breaking move came after an independent expert said his son's quality of life was not good enough to justify prolonging it.
The 13-month-old boy, identified only as RB, has an extremely rare disorder that has robbed him of almost all muscle control.
His brain is undamaged, but trapped in an almost immovable body, unable to speak or even smile.
Incapable of breathing, he has been dependent on a ventilator since he was born.
Now it will be turned off within days. Doctors will administer a large dose of sedative to ensure the little boy does not suffer as he dies. . .
Thread by EternalVigilance.
The problematic nature of pandering to politicians with half-measures while announcing to pro-life troops that a victory has been achieved is not a new malady. It has been a relatively consistent pattern woven into National Right to Life Committee politics for many years now. Having said that, the problem with what is currently being said about the Stupak Amendment to the Pelosicare bill is the most egregious I have seen in my 40 years of pro-life activism.
As NRLCs congressional scorecard for the 111th Congress will clearly explain, a vote against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment only be construed as a position-defining vote in favor of establishing a federal government program that will directly fund abortion on demand, with federal funds, and a second federal program that will provide government subsidies to private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand. NRLC regards this as the most important House roll call on federal funding of abortion since the House last voted directly on the Hyde Amendment in 1997. If you do not wish to go on record in support of creating major new federal programs that will both fund abortions directly and subsidize private abortion coverage, please vote for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. NRLC will regard a present vote as equivalent to a negative vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
While it could appear that NRLC is threatening members of Congress with a bad score if they vote against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, the fact is that the amendment itself is halfhearted and fraught with problems. And if one examines the actual text of H. R. 3962, the Pelosicare bill, one finds the following:
This should make it obvious to anyone with a heart for the principles upon which the pro-life movement was founded to see right through the smoke and mirrors that NRLC is now using to deflect criticism from its political misjudgment.
The aftermath of the Stupak amendment vote hasnt been pretty. Ive read countless comments on Twitter and Facebook from pro-life people who are livid at one side or the other.
Ertelts description of the pro-abortion forces is, of course, correct. NARAL Pro-Choice America has described the Stupak Amendment as extreme anti-choice politics. Of course its riled; not a single baby should be protected by law, according to its strategic plan. And its united with its fellow pro-deathers, including Planned Parenthood, which claims the Stupak Amendment is an unacceptable addition to the health care reform bill that, if enacted, would result in women losing health benefits they have today.
Respect for human personhood, respect for human personhood and respect for human personhood.
If this single principle were the cornerstone of reasonable health care reforma reform based on justice for allthere would be no anti-life provisions in at all. As of this writing and regardless of which bill we read, none measure up to this standard, and thus all should be opposed.
Prayers for all concerned.